Fighting Crime With Design

Law enforcement in Sacramento, California are using urban design to reduce crime in the city.

"At first glance, you may not notice the lack of posters on the windows of the minimart at 29th and J streets, or wonder about the lack of benches and phone booths around its gas station. You may not even notice that the gas pumps here are strategically placed.

But everything has a purpose – for public safety.

The Arco AM/PM was remodeled last summer with design features to enhance visibility – and safety – as part of a crime-prevention strategy recommended by the Sacramento Police Department.

The result? A drop in the number of calls for service from the area, Police Lt. Eric Poerio said on a recent visit to the station.

The crime-prevention efforts at the gas station, located at the edge of Sacramento's midtown, are part of a nationwide trend among law enforcement to promote a strategy called Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design, or CPTED (pronounced "sep-ted") for short."

Full Story: Safer by design

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